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Since 1999, I have been using my stories and photos to share the beauty and incredible social wealth, as well as the challenges of the children and people I meet during my travels. By raising awareness and telling the stories of the voiceless, I aim to, in my small way, help spread compassion, love and hope.

On The Move

On The Move

This Wodaabe family moves with its belongings every couple of days. It's the rainy season and they are “chasing after” ...
Ariane Kirtley, Amman Imman

Interview: Migrants Abandoned in Searing Sahara

(June 29, 2018) Ariane speaks with Meteorologist Kait Parker of the Weather Channel about the worldwide migration crisis. In June, ...
Magic and Medicine

Magic and Medicine

MAGIC AND MEDICINE The Wodaabe are known for their lore, magic, and medicine. Here a mother teaches her daughter how ...
Wodaabe climate refugees

The Old Meets The Young

THE OLD MEETS THE YOUNG Here, an elderly Wodaabe medicine man exchanges salutations with a young Wodaabe. Wodaabe men also ...
Fulani children

Left To Their Own

LEFT TO THEIR OWN These children have been left to care for themselves while their parents are on climate-induced exodus ...
Hadiza

Migration For A Home

MIGRATION FOR A HOME Hadiza celebrates the construction of the home of her sister, Sori. Sori arrived back to her ...
man with sons

The Deadly Migration

THE DEADLY MIGRATION After losing 90% of his livestock, Mohammed travels to Libya several months a year to conduct petty-commerce ...
Father and daughter

Parenting and Condemnable Traditions

PARENTING AND CONDEMNABLE TRADITIONS On my previous post, one of my friends was concerned that I posted the photo of ...
Father offers comfort

Happy Father’s Day

HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!! This father, the school director of Taramtagueye village, provides comfort to his daughter after a long, tiring ...
Beautiful Wodaabe woman

Desert Punks

DESERT PUNKS (current theme: Wodaabe women of Niger) Wodaabe Fulani women venerate beauty. They have their faces tattooed during childhood, ...
From Gerewol’s to Prostitution

From Gerewol’s to Prostitution

FROM GEREWOL'S TO PROSTITUTION (current theme: Wodaabe women of Niger) Wodaabe women climate refugees, renowned for their beauty, may resort ...
Wodaabe woman

Road Cutters and Boko Haram

ROAD CUTTERS and BOKO HARAM (current theme: Wodaabe women of Niger) Najet recalls her latest return as a migrant worker ...
Kourgil and traditional medicine

The Exodus Fraught with Danger

THE EXODUS FRAUGHT WITH DANGER (Current theme : Wodaabe women of Niger) Kourgil, a Wodaabe, spends six to eight months ...
HOW COULD ANYONE FIT INTO A PLANE? 2

How Could Anyone Fit Into A Plane?

HOW COULD ANYONE FIT INTO A PLANE? This is one of three sisters that visited us during our stay in ...
HOW COULD ANYONE FIT INTO A PLANE?

How Could Anyone Fit Into A Plane?

HOW COULD ANYONE FIT INTO A PLANE? This is one of three sisters that visited us during our stay in ...
JEWELRY THAT TELLS A STORY

Jewelry That Tells A Story

JEWELRY THAT TELLS A STORY: This beautiful woman of the Bagzan Mountains wears her traditional jewelry of silver, ancient beads, ...